Knowledge Organization Research Observatory (KO-RO) is a series of online presentations dedicated to research activities and projects in the knowledge organization domain. Events feature reports and presentations on recent and ongoing research projects that include, interact or affect the knowledge organization field. Research on the intersection of information science and computer, behavioural and social sciences as well as humanities will all be included.

Research Observatory takes place via Zoom, usually on the last Wednesday every month.

KO-RO events should be of interest to information science educators, students and researchers interested in knowledge organization topics.

In collaboration with other Chapters of ISKO, this series will strive towards international coverage. 

Past Events

25 January 2023

Cultural Hospitality and Ethical Responsibilities in Subject Cataloguing

Julia Bullard: Revising vocabularies for cultural hospitality: an argument for hospitable processes
Jane Daniels: The Cataloguing Code of Ethics 2021: informing subject cataloguing and indexing for marginalised communities


30 November 2022

Governance and Alignment of Taxonomies Across the UK Government

Suzanne Fry: The Taxonomy Oversight Group and its role in UK Government taxonomies
Dan Blakemore: Careers information: a single source


24 August 2022

Terminology Standardisation and Database Standards Under a Microcontent Perspective
By Christian Galinski


29 June 2022

Bibliometric Experiment with the Full Text of Research Papers

Vincent Larivière: Are self-citations a normal feature of knowledge accumulation?
Dakota Murray: Understanding scientific disagreement


25 May 2022

Challenges of Scholarly Communication: Bibliometric Transparency and Impact

Philipp Mayr-Schlegel:  Analysing self-citations in a large bibliometric database
Pei-Shan Chi & Wolfgang Glänzel: Research impact beyond scholarly communication: the big challenge of Scientometrics 2.0


27 April 2022

Doing Bibliometrics Responsibly

Ludo Waltman: Openness of bibliometric metadata
Clara Calero-Medina: The CWTS Leiden Ranking: a responsible approach to university ranking


26 Jan 2022

Knowledge Organization and Indigenous Knowledge

Judi Vernau: Indigenous metadata: the view from a Pākehā (non-Māori person)

Edgardo Civallero: Moving between two worlds: translating a classification system


24 Nov 2021

Research Repositories and Dataverse: Negotiating Metadata, Vocabularies and Domain Needs

Vyacheslav Tykhonov, Jerry de Vries, Eko Indarto, Femmy Admiraal, Mike Priddy, and Andrea Scharnhorst: Flexibility in Metadata Schemes and Standardisation: the Case of CMDI and the DANS EASY Research Data Repository

Philipp Conzett and Helene N. Andreassen: Adapting Flexible Metadata Support in Dataverse to the Needs of Domain-Specific Repositories: the Case of the Tromsø Repository of Language and Linguistics (TROLLing)


27 Oct 2021

FAIR Principles and Semantic Interoperability

Marcia Zeng: FAIR + FIT : Functional Metrics for Linked Open Data (LOD) KOS Products

Gerard Coen: Recommendations for FAIR Semantics in the EOSC & Beyond: Approaches for Enabling 12 of the FAIR Principles


29 Sept 2021

Research Fields Classifications: Essential Tools in Reporting and Harmonizing Scientific Information

Hanne Poelmans: The Flemish Research Discipline Standard: One Step Towards Harmonised Research Information in Flanders

Sophie Biesenbender: Developing a Classification for Interdisciplinary Research Fields for the German Science System


30 June 2021

Observing Knowledge Organization Trajectories in Healthcare

Richard P. Smiraglia, Edmund Pajarillo, Elizabeth Milonas & Sergey Zherebchevsky: Home care nursing information behavior: expansion of a knowledge base in a time of pandemic

Ronald Cornet: Making healthcare data FAIR data: the ontologies-data models-instances conundrum


19 May 2021

Knowledge Organization Systems in the Spotlight: Collecting and Observing KOS

Gerard Coen: Observing trajectories in science: building the DANS KOS Observatory

Uma Balakrishnan & Jakob Voss: Looking both ways, BARTOC then and now as it prepares for the future of Knowledge Organization

This event is organized in collaboration with the ISKO Low Countries chapter.


28 Apr 2021

Computational Ethnography: Tracking the Flow of Information

By Martin White


31 Mar 2021

AI In Exploiting Information Assets to Enhance Verification, Creativity and Innovation

Andrew MacFarlane & Sondess Missaoui: Exploiting information assets to enhance verification in Journalism: the DMINR approach

Neil Maiden: Exploiting information assets to enhance creativity and innovation: the CebAI approach


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